My new favourite poetry book, first published by Bantam in 1966, and sadly out of print as far as I can tell, is Modern European Poetry. Edited by Willis Barnstone (with the assistance of seven other experts in their respective fields - Patricia Terry, Arthur S Wensinger, Kimon Friar, Sonia Raiziss, Alfredo De Palchi, George Reavey, Angel Flores), and six years in the making, this is an astonishing anthology of modern French, German, Greek, Italian, Russian and Spanish poetry which contains poems by every important European poet, including Nobel Prize-winners Pasternak, Quasimodo, Seferis and Aleixandre. "The work of virtually every European poet in the languages represented was considered before the final selection was made." Does anyone make books this well any more? An amazing resource. (Brought to my attention by Michael Hamburger in the introduction to his The Truth of Poetry: Tensions in Modern Poetry from Baudelaire to the 1960's.)

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